Harmful gases are released into the environment on a regular basis. If the application doesn’t have a gas detection system in place, your workers could be exposed to toxic gases without knowing it.
Gas detection systems are widely popular and usually required due to their life-saving abilities. Harmful gases can possess many properties; some are invisible to the human eye, while others can be odorless. All these scenarios are examples of workers unknowingly being in the presence of dangerous environments with toxic gas.
Industrialization has increased the risk of gases and vapors in industrial and plant environments. Many processes and applications require the use of toxic chemicals and special storage practices to decrease the likelihood of leakage.
With various gases taking up breathable air, gas detectors use different methods to detect traces of those vapors. Methods of detection depend on the sensor used within the device. An infrared sensor utilizes various transmitters and receivers to detect gas. Typically, the transmitter acts as a light source and the receiver as a light detector. If gas is present, it will affect the light flowing between the transmitter and the receiver, sounding an alarm and notifying the user of dangerous conditions.
Catalytic bead sensors are more commonly used to detect combustible gases. This detection method involves a platinum wire coil heating up when the dangerous vapor is sensed, sounding and letting the user know a toxic gas is present. Electrochemical sensors are another series of detectors used to pick up gases. Using electrode signals, different currents are released depending on the gases detected. All sensors can typically have any of the sensors installed in a fixed system. Portable detection units are also available, allowing you to detect gases anywhere you go.
Otis Instruments offers a variety of Wired and WireFree easy-to-use, robust and configurable gas detectors. Made in the USA, our high-quality products are capable of detecting both toxic and non-toxic gases for diverse applications within industrial facilities and environments. To learn more about increasing safety for your employees or need more specific information regarding your application, contact our team today.